For their volunteer work in the community, Mary and Ken Stoeffler, of Prairie du Chien, were presented the Danny Ruehlow Award at the Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon held Jan. 25.
Don and Jeanne Ruehlow, of Prairie du Chien, gave the annual award to the Stoefflers in memory of their son, Danny, who died at the age of 15 in December 2000 due to complications from a second bone marrow transplant in his fight against leukemia. Danny was a popular figure in Prairie du Chien and an emcee on the telethon. It was the 14th presentation of the award that recognizes caring and compassionate work in the community.
The award was presented by telethon emcee Tom Nelson in the Ruehlow’s absence because Jeanne Ruehlow had a kidney transplant at UW Hospital in Madison earlier in the week. She is now recuperating at home.
Don Ruehlow explained how the Stoefflers’ traits are very similar to Danny’s. They have showed compassion and volunteer to help others.